Icons: The Sacred Muse by Clifton Webb
The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery of African American Art
August 21 – November 3, 2018
Using a ‘visual alphabet’ developed over the course of his career, New Orleans-based artist Clifton Webb creates works imbued with reverence and dignity. Though the symbols he has developed may not be immediately familiar, they are unmistakably noble, and that was their intent. Webb set out to create works that would say to the world, “This is me and all the people around me who don’t get to see themselves, who don’t get to see the royalty and sacredness of who the African American is.”
A co-founder of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, his work is included in the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has also exhibited at the Arthur Roger Gallery, the Atlanta Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Chattanooga Museum of Afro-American Culture and History, the Alternatives Museum, and Max Hutchinson Gallery in New York.
Webb contributed significantly to the development of a younger generation of artists during his twenty-five years as a teacher in the New Orleans Talented in Visual Arts program. He has a BFA and an MBA in sculpture from Louisiana State University.
Rodrigue’s Blue Dog: Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal
IP Casino Resort & Spa Exhibitions Gallery
June 12 – October 6, 2018
Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, “Cajun Country,” George Rodrigue (1944-2013) preserved on his canvas what he feared was his dying heritage — including its land, people, traditions and mythology. It was a Cajun legend, the loupgarou, that spawned his most famous series, The Blue Dog. Throughout, Rodrigue considered himself aligned with Surrealism, Pop, and Abstract Art—associations that are increasingly obvious in his late works. The artist’s tremendous output, even during his illness, demonstrates his interest in bold colors, abstract shapes, large scale, and non-traditional materials. Drawn exclusively from the Rodrigue Archives and the artist’s private collection, Rodrigue’s Blue Dog: Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal features twenty-five contemporary and rarely seen works of art created during the last decade of his life. Also included is his first painting without reference to the Louisiana landscape, a striking and pivotal work from 1991 that marked the beginning of the artist’s Blue Dog Series. Finally, selections from Swamp Dogs and Hollywood Stars combine Rodrigue’s love of reflective metal surfaces with painting, photography, and modern technology.
“If you try to paint to please a public or a critic, you’ll never create anything lasting, anything new, or anything purely your own.” –G.R.